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Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Is There Rain on the Horizon for California’s Vineyards?

2013 was the driest year on record, and 2014 is one big question mark

Posted: January 15, 2014  By Tim Fish

California is thirsty—and not for wine. It barely rained in 2013, and the wine industry is worried.

How bad is it? Some of the growing regions in Napa Valley got less rain than Las Vegas. Paso Robles, on the California Central Coast, got 1.92 inches of rain in 2013 instead of the average 12.78, according to the National Weather Service. By comparison, Death Valley got 2.17 inches.

That makes 2013 the driest year on record in California, and the records go back to about 1880. Droughts are nothing new here, but this is a new level of parched. It doesn't help that 2012 was an exceptionally dry year as well.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Striking Napa Cabernets

New reviews of Cabernet Sauvignon from the 2009 and 2010 vintages

Posted: January 13, 2014  By James Laube

News & Features  :  News

Leo Trentadue Dies at 88

Alexander Valley winegrower tended to some of California’s oldest vines

Posted: January 10, 2014  By Aaron Romano

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Lively California Zinfandels

New reviews from the 2010 and 2011 vintages

Posted: January 6, 2014  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Delicious California Reds

New reviews of outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and more to celebrate the New Year

Posted: December 30, 2013  By Augustus Weed

News & Features  :  News

Jackson Family Wines Buys Spring Mountain District Estate

Kendall-Jackson parent company adds 77-acre Yverdon vineyard and winery to Napa portfolio

Posted: December 23, 2013  By Aaron Romano

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

What's the difference between "Napa Valley" and "Napa County" on a wine label?

Posted: December 23, 2013  

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Enticing Rhône-Style Wines from California

New reviews of reds and whites from across the Golden State

Posted: December 23, 2013  By Augustus Weed

News & Features  :  News

Could a New Tool Prevent Oxidation in Winemaking?

A study finds compounds called chelators could potentially reduce the use of sulfur dioxide

Posted: December 18, 2013  By Esther Mobley

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

12 Standout California Reds

New reviews of Rhône-style offerings from Santa Barbara and Paso Robles

Posted: December 16, 2013  By James Laube

Dec. 15, 2013 Issue  :  Columns

Gridiron Vintner's Drive for Respect

Posted: December 15, 2013  By James Laube

Dec. 15, 2013 Issue  :  People

Up By His Bootstraps

For hardworking vintner Paul Hobbs, success spans cellars around the globe

Posted: December 15, 2013  By Tim Fish

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

The Curtain Is Dropping on California's 2011 Vintage

A difficult vintage has resulted in tough reds with drying tannins, and careless vintners ended up with musty, moldy-tasting wines

Posted: December 13, 2013  By James Laube

With the exception of the 2011 California Cabernets, which are trickling in, most of the 2011 wines from California have passed through our tasting room.

For some vintners, 2011 was the worst harvest in decades. For many, 2011 was the most difficult in a career. It's impossible to put a happy face on a year marked by uniformly cold temperatures, hard rain at harvest, crops at 50 percent of hope and minimal financial returns.

Yet for all the headaches and ordinary wines from 2011, there are plenty of lessons. One is that modern viticultural practices could salvage what was in most ways a nightmarish vintage.

News & Features  :  News

Court Blocks Sonoma Vineyard Planting

Judge rules that winery needs to review environmental impact; Artesa argues land is zoned for farming

Posted: December 13, 2013  By Kasey Carpenter

News & Features  :  News

Can Wine Terroir be Proven by Examining Microbes on Grapes?

The microorganisms in specific vineyards may be the first step toward understanding wine’s sense of place

Posted: December 10, 2013  By Esther Mobley

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Bold Wines for Winter

New reviews of rich reds and whites from across California

Posted: December 9, 2013  By Augustus Weed

News & Features  :  News

Silverado Vineyards Cofounder Diane Disney Miller Dies

Disney daughter was a passionate lover of vineyards and supporter of the arts

Posted: December 3, 2013  By Augustus Weed

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

9 Vibrant Sonoma Zinfandels

New reviews of 2010s and 2011s from Rockpile, Sonoma Valley and Dry Creek Valley

Posted: December 2, 2013  By Tim Fish

Nov. 30, 2013 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

California Merlot's Challenging 2010s

A cool growing season results in mixed quality

Posted: November 30, 2013  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

9 Knockout California Reds

New reviews of Syrah and Grenache blends from Paso Robles

Posted: November 25, 2013  By James Laube

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